I’m not normally one for shoving projects aside on the painting table to paint something seasonally appropriate, but I sure as heck am on board with changing gears to work on something completely unrelated to the current goal based on spurious whimsy. Accordingly, without warning, the Cawdor models that have been slowly receiving love were unceremoniously shoved aside as a train of thought mainly centered on dwarf characters for D&D reminded me that I’ve had a longbeard sitting in a drawer aging like a fine cheese for about a year now.
Kringle is one of Ninja Division’s Masterclass models, quite obviously themed after a certain jolly fat man. These resin models have been part of Ninja Division’s commitment to making good on their kickstarter commitments, and are an inordinate amount of fun to paint. As someone who otherwise spends his time painting heroic scale models for Warmachine, Age of Sigmar and the like, painting chibi models can be an incredible breath of fresh air.
Painting Kringle started with the reds of his hat and robes, followed by the fur trim and beard, before getting stuck into finer details. The wet palette saw more use than it has in awhile, with the leaves being a blend of five different green tones. While the berries may have been intended as holly, I had The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in my head so I went with something a little more purple and sugar-dusted. I think it’s also provides a little better contrast against the red of the hat.
The staff head unfortunately broke off, and while I had originally been contemplating trying to do something along the lines of a candy can with alternating tones, I really liked the idea of his just having a walking stick or cane rather than a druidic staff. The end result is a model that I’m pretty darn happy with. Sure, he’ll never be at the forefront of an army, but there’s always the chance someone will play a dwarf wizard or somesuch in a D&D campaign, once we’re in a position to play in person again. My Super Dungeon models often appeared on the table as both heroes and monsters, since I’ve managed to collect a small horde of assorted chibi gribblies over the years.
While Kringle is a playable hero in Super Dungeon, his ultimate fate may be to be woven into a small vignette. A few scenery elements, maybe another model or two to tell a story, and some judicious use of small LED lights and a veritable mystical wonderland could appear encapsulated in a glass sphere.
Time permitting, a new side project may happen over the next little while. Much will depend on whether or not I can find the elements I’m picturing in my head. Where does one find a chibi owlbear to approximate a sasquatch? I can’t rightly put a yeti in a forested scene…
It’s worth noting that both Kringle and Krampus are available for order until the end of January, for those who might be interested in taking on some new chibi painting projects of their own.